This Is What Happens If You Get Sucked Out of a Plane

Southwest Airlines seems to have a problem keeping its planes together these days, so Discovery News thought it would be a good idea to ask some expert what would happen if you get sucked out of a plane. It's scary stuff.

If you get sucked out of a plane at 30,000 feet, you're pretty much going to be dead right away and there's nothing you can do about it. Want some gruesome details about how you'd die? Here they are:

Loss of consciousness and death would soon follow purely from oxygen deprivation to the brain...At the same time, temperatures of -70 degrees Fahrenheit (-57 degrees Celsius) - made even colder by the chill of 500 mile-per-hour (805 kilometer-per-hour) winds - would lead to rapid freezing, beginning with the skin, eyes, and other surface tissues.

In response to such extreme stress, your nervous system would go haywire, leading to potentially fatal spikes in blood pressure and heart rate.

Oh, and your frozen corpse would probably be cut in half if it hit the plane, so by the time the icicle formerly known as you hits the ground, you're not even going to be a pretty mess. Of course since you'd be dead if all this happened and you wouldn't realize any of this, but thank God you've now been informed in advance. Now you can have peace of mind in the afterlife.

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